Theodore J. Gioia


Making the Case for the American Story

There is an inherent prejudice in literary culture against the story as a lesser art form than the novel.


A Second Look at Comedy in Twain

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is undoubtedly a classic of American literature, but too often literary scholarship tries to defend every aspect of a masterpiece as a successful aesthetic decision of the author.


Humor Reveals a Road to Faulkner

The ability to appreciate the comedic aspects of any great novel can expose new dimensions of a book’s complexities.


Studying 'American Pastoral' to Understand 'The Road'

Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” is one of the few recent novels that has achieved commercial as well as critical success.


Leaving The Great Books Unfinished

I’ve accumulated a pretty impressive list of books that I’ve stopped reading. In fact, my growing catalog rivals many lists of the greatest novels ever written.

Dance at the fair

Survey Part I: Get To Know Harvard’s Class of 2018

Freshman Survey Cover

Class of 2018: By the Numbers


An Evil Woman

Academic Fair at the Plaza
On Campus

Opening Days